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  • Nuclear war over Rove's claims to work for Reagan; Gipper biographer says no

    02/08/2013 1:09:21 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 133 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2-8-2013 | Paul Bedard
    February 8, 2013 Nuclear war over Rove's claims to work for Reagan; Gipper biographer says no Paul Bedard The war of words between conservatives and former Bush advisor Karl Rove has gone nuclear, this time over Rove's claim that he worked for Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign and on a Reagan advisory board. The bottom line: While Rove told The O'Reilly Factor Thursday that he worked for the Gipper, Reagan's acclaimed biographer Craig Shirley says there's no evidence to back Rove up. Worse: In an email Shirley is sending to conservative leaders, he reveals that Rove backed former President Ford in...
  • Steve Schmidt: GOP must muzzle Rush Limbaugh

    11/06/2012 10:58:51 PM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 117 replies
    Republican strategist Steve Schmidt said early Wednesday morning on MSNBC that it’s time for Republican leaders to stand up to “extreme statements” and “nonsense” coming from within the GOP, including Rush Limbaugh. “Now, people calling for revolution and these extreme statements — when I talk about a civil war in the Republican Party, what I mean is, it’s time for Republican elected leaders to stand up and to repudiate this nonsense, and to repudiate it directly,” Schmidt said. Read more:
  • Report: GOP might keep parts of ObamaCare if law is struck down

    05/17/2012 6:44:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/17/2012 | AllahPundit
    The sourcing on this one is awfully thin, which raises two possibilities. One: The details are exaggerated or outright made up to try to start a firestorm among ObamaCare-hating conservatives. Two: The details are spot-on and are being deliberately leaked to see how ObamaCare-hating conservatives react. Can some parts of this thing be preserved or must the stench of The One's greatest victory be completely expunged before Congress takes another run at health care? If the law is upheld, Republicans will take to the floor to tear out its most controversial pieces, such as the individual mandate and requirements that...
  • Time to Purge the Republican Party

    01/18/2012 11:07:19 PM PST · by Bratch · 39 replies · 2+ views ^ | Jan 18, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    A blonde finds lipstick on her husband's collar. Suspicious that he's cheating on her, she heads to a local gun shop and buys herself a pistol. That night, she hides in her bedroom closet. Sure enough, the husband comes home with his redheaded secretary on his arm and leads her to the bed. As they began to caress, the wife jumps out of the closet and holds the gun to her head. "Sweetheart," the husband pleads, "don't do it! Don't shoot yourself!" "Shut up, Johnny!" she cries. "You're next!" That blonde now runs the Republican Party. Hence, the GOPs dedication...
  • Santorum Tops Romney in Iowa Caucus 'Split Decision' (Santorum won by 34 votes)

    01/19/2012 3:47:43 AM PST · by Brown Deer · 68 replies
    national journal ^ | January 19, 2012 | Niraj Chokshi
    A recount of the Jan. 3 Iowa Republican caucus results has Rick Santorum leading Mitt Romney in the race for the GOP presidential nomination by 34 votes, with data from 8 precincts missing and never to be certified, GOP officials told The Des Moines Register on Wednesday. Despite Santorum's advantage, the state Republican party views the results as a wash.
  • Poll: Lugar may be in jeopardy

    12/26/2011 7:06:03 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 16 replies
    WISH TV ^ | November 4th
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The 2012 GOP primary between Sen. Richard Lugar and challenger Richard Mourdock is still more than six months away, but you can get a sense of what kind of battle it will be in this week's WISH-TV/Franklin College Poll. Lugar has a big advantage in some areas. When it comes to name identification, more than nine out of 10 voters recognize him, while Richard Mourdock's name registers with only two-thirds of the voters. Lugar also has a high favorability rating at 59 percent. Mourdock gets a positive response from just 17 percent. Yet if you place Mourdock's...
  • Explaining The Glut Of Debates

    10/29/2011 4:28:20 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    National Journal ^ | October 29, 2011 | Reid Wilson - Decoded
    Whether he's right or not, Rick Perry has a point -- there are a ton of debates planned this year. There's a reason for that: An internal agreement within the Republican National Committee means the party is using some sanctioned debates as an incentive for good behavior, and others as a tool to mollify members who might otherwise cause trouble. Back in March, the RNC announced it had formed a committee that would authorize presidential debates. RNC chairman Reince Priebus said the committee would help the party streamline the nominating process, and party strategists hoped it would provide guidance and...
  • McCain Campaign Considered Not Letting Palin Be Sworn In if They Won (McCain stabs Palin)

    In 2008, John McCain's campaign team discussed whether they should let Sarah Palin be sworn in as vice-president if they were to win the election, according to campaign staffer Nicolle Wallace. "There certainly were discussions -- not for long because of the arc the campaign took -- but certainly there were discussions about whether, if they were to win, it would be appropriate for her to be sworn in," Wallace tells Time's Claire Suddath. In her new novel, It's Classified, Wallace has a character -- a mentally ill female vice-president -- which she says is based on her experience working...
  • Herman Cain Endorses Mourdock Over Lugar (Indiana Alert)

    08/16/2011 7:29:45 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies
    Roll Call ^ | August 16, 2011 | Shira Toeplitz
    Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock picked up an endorsement from a presidential candidate in his primary challenge to Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) this week. Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain announced he would support Mourdock’s primary bid to unseat Lugar during a Monday visit to Indianapolis, the Associated Press reported. Cain reportedly met with Mourdock after addressing Indiana Republicans on the invitation of the state party. Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb invited all the GOP presidential candidates to speak to the Republican faithful in the state, but Cain was the first to schedule a visit. Cain placed fifth in Iowa's...
  • Hoosiers For Conservative Senate Endorses Richard Mourdock over Lugar

    09/24/2011 8:07:32 PM PDT · by Pat4ever · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/24/11 | Pat4ever
    He has served six terms in the Senate and won his last race with 87 percent of the vote, but that hasn’t prevented Indiana Sen. Richard G. Lugar from emerging as perhaps the most vulnerable Republican senator of the 2012 election cycle. And the big danger is coming from Mr. Lugar’s right flank...
  • Steve King on Planned Parenthood, Obamacare Funding: GOP House Will ‘Allow It to Happen’

    09/27/2011 3:58:10 PM PDT · by iowamark · 9 replies ^ | September 26, 2011 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Rep. Steve King (R.-Iowa) is predicting that--despite his own and other conservatives' efforts to the contrary--this Republican-controlled House of Representatives will continue throughout its two-year tenure to allow funding for Planned Parenthood and the implementation of Obamacare. “They are going to allow that to happen, the way it looks to me,” King said in a videotaped interview with Shortly after midnight on Friday morning, the House voted to approve a continuing resolution to keep the government funded from the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30 through Nov. 18. According to an analysis by the conservative Republican Study...
  • Tea party candidate issues challenge to Snowe

    09/16/2011 3:27:40 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies
    AP ^ | 2011-09-14
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A tea party candidate who plans to run against Sen. Olympia Snowe in next year's Senate Republican primary is inviting Snowe to debate him.
  • Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult (brace yourselves)

    09/09/2011 11:05:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 80 replies
    Truth Out ^ | September 3, 2011 | Mike Lofgren
    Barbara Stanwyck: "We're both rotten!" Fred MacMurray: "Yeah - only you're a little more rotten." -"Double Indemnity" (1944) Those lines of dialogue from a classic film noir sum up the state of the two political parties in contemporary America. Both parties are rotten - how could they not be, given the complete infestation of the political system by corporate money on a scale that now requires a presidential candidate to raise upwards of a billion dollars to be competitive in the general election? Both parties are captives to corporate loot. The main reason the Democrats' health care bill will be...
  • (Ranting ape) Kathleen Parker: Perry's lead points to a battle within the GOP for 'godliest'

    08/28/2011 10:57:45 AM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Link only - Kathleen Parker: Perry's lead points to a battle within the GOP for 'godliest'
  • Taking the GOP back from the Radical Right: Stafford

    08/27/2011 6:43:08 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 38 replies / Cagle | 2011-08-03 | Michael Stafford
    Link only, per FR posting rules
  • Orrin Hatch: I'm a tea party person (RINO Alert)

    08/12/2011 3:16:33 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | 2011-08-02 | Reid Epstein
    Calling himself a tea party true believer, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Tuesday in the same interview both praised the debt ceiling deal and said he plans to vote against it. Hatch, who faces a looming primary challenge from the right from Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), took to Fox News’s “Fox and Friends” to tout his own tea party credentials. “Look, I think the tea party people deserve a lot of credit,” he said in response to a question about Democrats and Vice President Joe Biden reportedly calling freshman GOP members of Congress terrorists. “We wouldn’t be where we are...
  • Moderate Republicans Lament GOP Shift Further Right

    08/05/2011 7:20:45 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 70 replies
    Newsmax / The Boston Globe ^ | 2011-07-27 | Caroline Rawls
    Polls indicating that the Republican Party is moving further to the right are leaving a large faction of moderate Republicans feeling disenchanted with the party’s conservative drift, reports The Boston Globe. In 2010, some of the GOP’s most outspoken leaders helped propel Republican candidates into power in the House. The tea party movement was influential in securing this takeover. But Gallup poll findings to be released Friday indicate that the GOP’s conservative shift is isolating its moderate wing, the Globe reported. Self-described moderates made up almost one-third of the Republican Party just 10 years ago. Now, that fraction has dropped...
  • Tea Party group slams Boehner, McConnell

    07/22/2011 6:26:56 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 41 replies
    The Hill, Washington DC ^ | 2011-07-19 | Alicia M. Cohn
    A large umbrella group for Tea Party activists targeted Republican leaders Tuesday for what they called caving in on the deficit talks. The Tea Party Nation put House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on notice "for betraying the movement that put Republicans in charge of the lower chamber last year." In a press release, Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips drew a hard line for the Tea Party position. Phillips warned that his organization is on the lookout for Republicans voting to give away "more borrowing authority to President Obama" without also ensuring spending...
  • Hatch spoils for fight with Club for Growth (RINO claims to be a "top conservative" in US history)

    07/14/2011 4:38:08 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 26 replies
    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) doesn’t yet have an official primary opponent, but he might as well be running against the Club for Growth. A nasty war of words has erupted between the two sides, setting the stage for what appears to be a likely effort by the Club to unseat Hatch next year. (snip) The Club earlier this week released ads in Utah and Indiana (where it is also considering targeting GOP Sen. Richard Lugar), urging the two men to resist raising the debt limit, while also taking some shots are their records on government spending. But as we’ve written...
  • Some fear GOP could fracture (Bob Dole, RINOs attack "right-wing hard-core" Tea Partiers)

    07/07/2011 8:46:21 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 37 replies
    Johnson County Sun, Overland Park, Kan. ^ | 2011-07-07 | Loren Stanton
    For years now there has been a clear power struggle within the Kansas Republican Party, but some major party figures say something about that tussle has changed. The rift between conservatives and moderates, they maintain, is widening into a chasm that could have significant implications for the party and the state. "I see Kansas Republicans being more divided than in years past," said Senate Majority Leader John Vratil of Leawood. (snip) ...conservative forces in the Capitol are stronger than ever. But many aligned with that side of the party want more. They seek decisive legislative majorities that could push an...
  • Poll: Time for Senator Orrin Hatch to go (59 percent of Utah voters want to retire RINO Hatch)

    06/19/2011 10:14:37 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 13 replies
    Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah ^ | 2011-06-18 | Lisa Riley Roche
    SALT LAKE CITY — A majority of Utah voters believe Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has been in office too long and should be replaced, a new Deseret News/KSL-TV poll shows. The poll by Dan Jones & Associates found only 38 percent of registered voters agree that it's important to re-elect Hatch in 2012 because of his seniority. Fifty-nine percent said after 36 years, it's time for someone new.(snip) Hatch's most likely GOP challenger appears to be Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. In a primary race, 40 percent of poll respondents said they would vote for Hatch and 41 percent for Chaffetz....
  • DAVID BROOKS: Does Anyone Think Sarah Palin Can Handle A Crisis? White House Isn't American Idol

    05/30/2011 8:39:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 188 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/30/2011 | Glynnis MacNicol
    Plenty of Sunday morning airtime was devoted yesterday to Sarah Palin. George Will says it's common knowledge she shouldn't be trusted with nuclear weapons. Andrew Sullivan says he's afraid she will run because there's a possibility she could beat Obama. David Brooks essentially thinks she's a joke. "Yeah. But, you know, being president is waking up, somebody hands you the crisis and said, "There's a crisis in Venezuela. What are you going to do about it?" Does any, does anybody think Sarah Palin's ready for that? I don't think so. So she can manage her brand. But running for president...
  • George Will's savage attack on Sarah Palin shows GOP establishment is desperate

    05/30/2011 2:53:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 125 replies
    Irish Central ^ | May 30, 2011 | Patrick Roberts
    Conservative columnist and commentator George Will has slammed Sarah Palin saying she should not be trusted with nuclear weapons. Will was speaking on ABC yesterday and his damning words,coming from the right, may give many people pause. Here is what he said: "Two things are infinite. One is the expanding universe, and the other is media attention to Sarah Palin, who is a genius at manipulating it. But she has several political problems. The first of which is there's no undecided vote in this country anymore about Sarah Palin. Sure, second, the threshold question, not usually asked, but it’s in...
  • Sarah Palin goes behind enemy lines (The Daily Politico Palin Hit Piece)

    05/28/2011 12:01:25 PM PDT · by Rational Thought · 59 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/28/2011 | Molly Ball
    Among the New Hampshire electorate as a whole, Palin is viewed favorably by just 28 percent, according to a recent survey by the Democratic automated pollster Public Policy Polling. In PPP surveys in 31 states over the last six months, just three states had smaller proportions of Palin fans, and all were in the northeast: New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. (Though the firm is partisan, its results generally track with polls by other organizations. PPP’s results were used in this analysis in the interest of consistency across different states.) Continue Reading Text Size -+reset Listen Palin’s highest ratings, in...
  • Senator Lugar Calls Conservatives "Duped"

    05/19/2011 11:03:22 AM PDT · by bkopto · 25 replies
    National Tea Party Alert ^ | May 19, 2011 | Richard Mourdock for U.S. Senate
    Republican U.S. Senator Dick Lugar's campaign sent an email to his supporters complaining: "The large number of [Indiana] Republican County Chairmen" who endorsed Richard Mourdock were "duped." Well, apparently, due to my conservative values and long history of meeting and listening to Hoosiers, tens of thousands of them have now also been "duped" into supporting my campaign. Will you join them today by making a contribution? Adding insult to injury, Senator Lugar's campaign said to Conservatives that you must "rally around the Dick Lugar flag; you have been led down the wrong path and it's time to come home." Like...
  • Lugar (RINO-Ind.) camp urges Republicans to abandon Mourdock

    05/09/2011 5:57:03 PM PDT · by maggief · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 9, 2011 | Shane D'Aprile
    Sen. Dick Lugar's (R-Ind.) campaign said Monday that State Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) would meet the same electoral fate in 2012 that Republicans Sharron Angle and Christie O'Donnell did last November should he win the Senate nomination. Lugar is facing a tough primary challenge from the right in the form of Mourdock and has generated significant opposition from Tea Party groups, but his campaign is betting that Rep. Joe Donnelly's (D-Ind.) entry into the race will wake primary voters up to the electability argument. In a letter to Indiana Republicans on Monday, Lugar's political director warned them not to be...
  • Tea partiers issue warning to House RINOs ("We're deeply disappointed" with Boehner)

    05/10/2011 6:50:55 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 29 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 2011-05-09 | Bob Unruh
    The tea partiers take legitimate credit for much of the upheaval in the 2008 congressional election, when Nancy Pelosi was tossed from her position as House Speaker and the Republicans were handed a new majority there – with enough party members to control the vote results without any help from Democrats. But things have deteriorated a little bit since then, and activists joined today in a news conference to issue a warning to the GOP members they describe as "RINOs," for Republicans in Name Only, to start responding to what voters want, or else. "We're deeply disappointed. Instead of a...
  • Club for Growth Leader Suggests Lugar Abandon Re-Election Bid

    04/23/2011 8:07:13 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 2011-04-19 | Shira Toeplitz
    Club for Growth President Chris Chocola gave six-term Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) some unsolicited advice Tuesday: Retire. Chocola, a former Congressman from Indiana who served in the House from 2003 to 2007, told ABC’s “Top Line” that his fiscally conservative organization is considering getting involved in Lugar’s 2012 re-election campaign in the Hoosier State. The club has already met with Lugar’s primary opponent, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R). “We are looking at that race very closely,” Chocola said. “We do have some concerns about Sen. Lugar and his service. We think it would probably be best if he would retire...
  • Aides: John Ensign to resign Friday

    04/21/2011 3:59:24 PM PDT · by Danae · 83 replies
    Politico ^ | 4-21-2011 | MANU RAJU & JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Nevada Sen. John Ensign (R) plans to announce Friday he will resign his Senate seat, aides said Thursday. Ensign has been under investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee over whether he violated Senate rules during his affair with Cindy Hampton, a former campaign aide. Hampton’s husband, Doug Hampton, was Ensign’s deputy chief of staff during most of the extramarital relationship. Read more:
  • Sen. Snowe's campaign war chest grows (RINO prepares to fight conservatives, Tea Partiers)

    04/18/2011 9:50:47 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies
    CNN - Political Ticker ^ | 2011-04-12 | Rebecca Stewart
    Washington (CNN) – Though Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe hasn't drawn a Democratic challenger yet, she's plenty prepared for a re-election battle. According to fundraising numbers for the first quarter released Monday, Maine's third term senator has over $2 million in cash on hand. Snowe raised $877,019 in the first quarter of 2011 and spent $62,433 on her 2012 U.S. Senate campaign. She will report $2,050,053 in cash on hand 17 months before the Senate election, according to numbers released by her office. Snowe for Senate Treasurer Rick Bennett said, "It's a good start for her campaign fundraising effort. The total...
  • Tea Party Sen. Pat Toomey Won't Support Moderate Republican Olympia Snowe

    04/01/2011 7:23:52 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2011-04-01 | Gregory Simmons
    Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, is a ripe target for a Tea Party challenge as she runs for re-election next year. She won't be able to count on support of all of her Republican colleagues -- at least not Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. Asked directly in an interview with Jonathan Karl's "Subway Series," "Will you be endorsing Sen. Snowe?" Toomey had this to say: "Look, I think this is a very dynamic environment and probably almost every Republican senator's going to face a primary challenge." While Toomey said he won't be supporting Snowe, he won't oppose her either. "I'm not going...
  • Indiana Tea Party Targets Centrist Republican (RINO Lugar)

    04/01/2011 1:39:57 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2011-03-28 | Danny Yadron
    REYNOLDS, Ind.—Two meetings in recent days in this Midwestern state showed the predicament facing Sen. Richard Lugar, a six-term Republican with a centrist profile, as he runs for re-election next year. When Mr. Lugar came to this farming town of 500 people Saturday to build bridges with a local tea-party group, he found mostly skepticism. "You seem to feel you're somehow indispensable in Washington," Bob Callahan, 65, a retired salesman from Monticello, told the senator at meeting in an elementary-school gym. He compared Mr. Lugar to the professional football quarterback Brett Favre, saying: "There's nothing sadder than an athlete that...
  • GOP Insiders Say Romney’s Still Number One. Sarah Palin barely cracks their top 10 list.

    03/29/2011 7:07:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    National Journal ^ | 03/29/2011 | James A. Barnes
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney continues to be seen as the favorite for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination according to a special National Journal Political Insiders Poll released on Tuesday. The second favorite for the GOP nod is former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. But Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor who was John McCain’s running mate in 2008 and was once viewed as a potential party standard bearer, was ranked ninth by the GOP Insiders—tied with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Texas Gov. Rick Perry—when they were asked who was most likely going to be their 2012 presidential nominee....
  • Lugar to Tea Party: "Get real" (RINO attacks Tea Party over START, his support for Obama)

    02/11/2011 7:26:26 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies
    (snip) Among other criticisms, Tea Party activists have taken Lugar to task for supporting the new START nuclear arms treaty with Russia, claiming the U.S. is giving up too much and Russia is not giving up enough. "I've been working systematically for 20 years going to Russia trying to help direct a situation in which we're taking warheads off of missiles every day, destroying missiles that were aimed at us; destroying submarines that carried misslies up and down our coast," said Lugar. "I've got to say 'Get real'. I hear Tea Party or other people talking about they were against...
  • Sens. Stabenow, Snowe added to 'Tea Party Target List' (Tea Party Express attacks RINO Snowe)

    02/11/2011 5:53:08 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 27 replies
    CNN - Political Ticker ^ | 2011-02-11 | Shannon Travis
    Washington (CNN) – Still swaggering after its recent electoral successes, the Tea Party movement appears to be growing more emboldened as it tries to blaze a path to power. One new bold move: An activist group is publicly parading a list of lawmakers the group is determined to oust from office. On Thursday, the Tea Party Express added two more names to its "2012 Tea Party Target List" - Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine. (snip) "Olympia Snowe dishonors the notion that the Republican Party is supposed to be the fiscally conservative, constitutionalist...
  • Mass. RINOs under fire

    02/04/2011 6:42:23 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 60 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 2011-01-30
    (snip) A Facebook page called “Massachusetts RINO Hunt” is dedicated to “the aggressive and immediate removal of all RINO’s from the Republican Party of Massachusetts.” The page’s logo is a red, white and blue rhinoceros shaped like the GOP elephant in crosshairs. Comments on the page include one follower saying, “Cocked, Locked and Ready to Rock,” and another spouting, “Locked and Loaded!” The page’s mission statement reads: “Massachusetts is having a good ole fashioned ‘RINO Hunt.’ That’s right! Conservatives of the Commonwealth are tired of having their Party defined by a bumbling herd of RINO’s!” There is a posting targeting...
  • Sarah Palin: There's a Sucker Born Every Minute (Vanity, not a Palin quote)

    02/03/2011 7:06:58 AM PST · by techno · 73 replies
    February 3, 2011 | techno
    I have coined a term for CONSERVATIVE VOTERS who are going to be strongly courted and counselled by the MSM and Beltway pundits to vote for someone in the GOP primaries other than Sarah Palin and then ultimately cut their own throat by doing so, bowing to elitist pressure and propaganda being brought to bear against them on a regular basis by telling them they have a sacred obligation to the moderates of America not to vote for someone so extreme and polarizing and who is unelectable, to the urban minorities to reject Palin because she is not a legitimate...
  • Tea party groups seek candidate to challenge Lugar

    01/09/2011 12:48:42 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 2011-01-08 | AP
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tea party activists from across the state will gather later this month to try to agree on a candidate to challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar in next year's Republican primary. Representatives from more than 50 tea party groups will meet Jan. 22 in Tipton, said Monica Boyer, co-founder of the northern Indiana group Kosciusko County Silent No More and one of the organizers of the anti-Lugar group Hoosiers for Conservative Senate. Unlike the 2010 Senate primary, when tea party activists were divided among five candidates, "we don't want to split the vote. It is vital and...
  • Outgoing GOP congressman: 'Credible conservatives' not about Obama 'hatred'

    12/31/2010 8:22:08 PM PST · by speciallybland · 153 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/31/2010 | Bridget Johnson
    Outgoing Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) said Thursday that a "credible conservative" movement that doesn't focus on "hatred" of President Obama is needed. Inglis was defeated in a landslide by Trey Gowdy in the June primary runoff. Gowdy, a staunch conservative and Tea Party favorite, went on to win the 4th District seat in November. Inglis lamented on CNN that the current wave of populist conservatism is unlike that of Ronald Reagan. "We'll get through and we'll get back to optimistic conservatism," he said. "We just got to get through this unfortunate period." The congressman said he was wounded in his...
  • Tea Party Group Reveals Republican Targets For 2012 (RINOs Lugar, Corker, Hatch, Snowe, Brown)

    12/29/2010 12:05:57 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 269 replies · 195+ views
    (RTTNews) - A prominent Tea Party group sent a message to members on Monday identifying five current Republican Senators that they intend to target in 2012. Tea Party Nation named Sens. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, Scott Brown, R-Mass., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., as Republicans that need to be sent into retirement, accusing them of being Republicans In Name Only, or RINOs. The message cited Lugar's vote against a ban on earmarks as well as a his votes in favor of the DREAM Act and the START Treaty. Hatch was also criticized for being a "pork...
  • Dana Perino: Palin Doesn't Sound "Authentic"

    12/27/2010 6:35:58 PM PST · by CedarDave · 79 replies · 12+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 26, 2010 | Real Clear Politics
    "It doesn't sound like her when you read the materials," former White House press secretary said on "FOX News Sunday" today.Dana Perino: Palin Doesn't Sound "Authentic"
  • Former Sarah Palin Colleague Says She Has Multiple Flaws (Palin like Lady Gaga wearing raw meat)

    12/19/2010 5:06:53 PM PST · by kristinn · 116 replies · 2+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | Sunday, December 19, 2010 | Alex Spillius
    Nicolle Wallace, a former colleague of Sarah Palin, has become the latest senior Republican publicly to round on the darling of the Tea Party movement, saying that her opponents should avoid criticising her directly and let her expose her own multiple flaws. SNIP "She has very obvious deficiencies that will reveal themselves as the nominating contest gets closer," she told The Daily Telegraph, adding: "Let her shoot her moose or whatever the heck she does on her [television] show, it will all work out." SNIP "What's troubling is she has missed an opportunity to go beyond the platitudes and deepen...
  • (DIABLO) Kirk votes to support repeal of military gay ban

    12/18/2010 10:31:32 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 44 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 2010-12-18
    (AP) Republican Mark Kirk broke with his majority of his party Saturday to support repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military, casting one of the first high-profile votes he’s faced as Illinois’ junior senator. The Senate voted 65-31 to let gays serve openly in the military. President Barack Obama was expected to sign the legislation next week, although the change wouldn’t take immediate effect. The House had passed an identical version of the bill, 250-175, on Wednesday. Kirk was one of six Republicans to break ranks. The move was a reversal for him after...
  • Minn. GOP brings out the knives for moderates (hordes of RINO traitors get the zot)

    12/17/2010 10:34:35 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 2010-12-11 | James Hohmann
    In a dramatic display of the new Republican order, Minnesota’s state GOP banished 18 prominent party members — including two former governors and a retired U.S. senator — as punishment for supporting a third-party candidate for governor. The stunning purge, narrowly passed by the state Republican central committee last weekend, suggests more than just a fit of pique: by banning some of the state’s leading moderates, the Minnesota GOP moved toward extinguishing a dying species of Republican in one of its last habitats. Those exiled warned that the measure, which bans the 18 former members from participating in party activities...
  • Nicolle Wallace: 'Heaven Forbid' Palin Becomes President

    12/01/2010 8:51:34 AM PST · by Mozilla · 39 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 12/1/10 | Mark Finkelstein
    It's no secret that [Nicolle] Wallace is no fan of Sarah Palin. But the former Bush communications director and McCain campaign aide perhaps took things to another level with her attack on Palin on today's Morning Joe. Wallace was on to comment on Joe Scarborough's astonishing claim of yesterday, noted here, that "all" conservatives and talk radio hosts with whom he's spoken are harshly critical of Palin off the record, but are afraid to express their views publicly. Wallace opined that if it ever looked as if Palin were close to copping the Republican presidential nomination, many GOP leaders who...
  • DeMint says a new RNC chairman is needed

    11/14/2010 8:11:47 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 150 replies · 2+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2010-11-14 | Sara Jerome
    Shortcomings in Republican efforts during the elections are a reason Michael Steele should not continue as chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), a senator said in an interview Sunday. "Our ground game, was not as strong as it could've been. We were outmanned on the ground," Sen. Jim DeMint said on Fox New Sunday. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said Steele should be ousted because Republicans could have done a better job reaching voters.
  • Tea Party sets sights on Dick Lugar (Senior Senator (R) from Indiana)

    11/12/2010 4:40:33 PM PST · by DemforBush · 46 replies
    WISH TV 8 (Indianapolis) ^ | 11/12/10 | jim shella
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - There were no major Tea Party victories in Indiana in last week's election. Could that change in 2012? Tea Party members have targeted GOP Senator Richard Lugar and here are a couple of things to consider...
  • GOP senators see threat on right (Hatch, Snowe running scared as the RINO hunt continues)

    11/11/2010 7:56:42 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | 2010-11-10 | Shira Toeplitz
    Another bloody Republican Senate primary election season is taking shape for 2012, with potentially serious intra-party challenges percolating in close to a half-dozen states. Polls indicate that at least two veteran GOP senators are highly vulnerable to challenges on their right flank — Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe – and there are rumblings about potential GOP bids against Nevada Sen. John Ensign, Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar as well. On the whole, the 2012 map looks extremely promising for the GOP. After posting a six-seat gain in 2010, Republicans are in...
  • Maine's Snowe next 'tea party' target? (Snowe voted for Obama's Porkulus Maximus)

    11/11/2010 7:49:59 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2010-11-08 | Seth McLaughlin
    Republicans last week painted the country's northeastern corner red last week, grabbing control of the state House, Senate and governor's mansion in Maine for the first time in more than four decades in a stunning electoral sweep. But the GOP wins might be worrisome news for the state's GOP senior senator, opening up the possibility of a 2012 primary challenge to moderate three-term Sen. Olympia J. Snowe now that state voters have shown that a fiscal conservative can win in a statewide contest. "There is going to be a primary, and she is going to have at least one 'tea...
  • Key Republican: Palin cost us the Senate

    11/08/2010 11:27:52 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 183 replies
    The Hill ^ | Nov. 8, 2010 | Jordan Fabian
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) cost the GOP control of the Senate, a powerful House Republican said. Rep. Spencer Bachus (Ala.) said that Tea Party-backed candidates whom Palin endorsed underperformed against their Democratic rivals, costing the GOP key pickup opportunities. "The Senate would be Republican today except for states [in which Palin endorsed candidates] like Christine O’Donnell in Delaware," Bachus said at a local Chamber of Commerce event last week, the Shelby County Reporter wrote Sunday. "Sarah Palin cost us control of the Senate." Bachus' is one of the most visible Republicans to criticize Palin for her political activity...